May 282015
 

During the course of May, our team celebrated National Home Remodeling month by doing some simple lighting projects around the house and sharing them with our readers. We called it our “Weekend Warrior” series because all of the projects can be completed in a weekend (or less!). 


 

Weekend Warrior Retrofit LED Lighting Project

Project Two – The 1-Hour Project

In my last post I shared how we installed recessed lighting in our bonus room. Once I installed the LED retrofits there, I was hooked on the quality and energy-efficiency of the lighting. I decided to change out our seven 75-watt PAR30 halogen recessed lights in our kitchen with seven LED retrofit modules. The 7 halogen recessed lights used 525 total watts of electricity. By switching to LED retrofit modules I would reduce that wattage use to 87.5 watts! HUGE energy savings! In addition to the LED retrofit modules, I also changed out my dimmer switch to a Lutron Maestro C-L dimmer.

This was one project I was able to very easily do myself. In fact, I finished this one in less than an hour. Continue reading »

May 262015
 

This is the fourth post in our Weekend Warrior blog post series, part of our quest to bring customers unique products and creative ideas for DIY lighting projects around the house. We previously covered how to install security lighting, a custom pantry lighting solution, and creating a kid’s book nook with a wall mounted reading light.


Weekend Warrior LED Recessed Lighting Project

Since moving into my home in 2009 I have completed a number of lighting projects. In fact, I started a New Home Project blog post series documenting them. I am happy to report that a couple of those posts helped others with their own under cabinet and over cabinet lighting projects.

It has been a couple of years, but recently I embarked on two new projects with one overriding theme — Saving money by adding and/or replacing existing lights with LED. The first project that I’d like to share is adding LED recessed lighting to our bonus room to add more general illumination to this room, and the second one switched out our halogen recessed lights to LED. In both projects I installed 6-inch LED retrofits.

Project One – The Weekend Project

My bonus room’s general illumination came only from the lighting on our ceiling fan. For the size of our bonus room this was woefully inadequate. So, jump forward 6 years and we are finally getting around to painting this room and making it more than a “holding area” for random stuff. We decided it was a good time to increase the light level in this room with four LED recessed lights in the 4 corners of the room.

Bonus room with overhead light

Before we installed recessed lighting in our bonus room, our ceiling fan was the only light in the room.

When our house was built in 2009 I used PAR30 halogen light bulbs in our recessed lighting. At the time LED recessed lighting was still a little pricey and there were not many options. Now times have changed. LED recessed lighting, specifically LED retrofits, have come down in price and there a number of options available. Continue reading »

May 212015
 

This is the latest project in the Weekend Warrior blog post series, part of our quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for DIY lighting projects around the house. 


How to create a kid's cozy book nook with reading light

For my Weekend Warrior project, I took a boring, ho-hum playroom corner and created a cozy and private reading area for my 9-year-old son, Max.

Here’s the deal:

I think every kid needs a place to call his own. A place to curl up and read an adventure novel on a rainy day, or just a place to escape pesky brothers. A book nook.

After lots of intense discussion, Max and I decided that his book nook needed a few crucial ingredients to make it the coolest-place-ever:

  • A small, cozy area with a comfy place to sit
  • Tons of interesting books with lots of super-hero action
  • A plug-in nearby for charging his Kindle
  • A reading light so he can read under his many future sheet-forts
  • Some pictures or posters to hang on the wall

Now:

We’ve already got most of the necessary ingredients for the perfect reading nook: a bookshelf full of interesting books, a cozy corner in the sitting area off of his bedroom, and an overstuffed bean bag. All we lacked was a reading light and some wall art.

A Cozy Corner, Before the Book Nook

Corners and closets are prime real estate for a cozy book nook.

How I chose the best reading light for our nook:

Continue reading »

May 142015
 

When Pegasus Lighting’s President Chris Johnson heard that his neighbor Greg had installed such a unique solution to his dark pantry problem, he knew it was perfect for our Weekend Warrior blog post series. The Weekend Warrior series is part of our quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for DIY lighting projects around the house.  


Weekend Warrior blog series | Pantry LIghting

Written by guest blogger Greg Prospero

For years my family has struggled to deal with an unlit kitchen pantry. It was dark and deep leaving its contents shrouded in spooky mystery. You might reach in for a box of Oreo cookies and come out with a bag of dried organic snap peas. To avoid these frustrating mix-ups we resorted to using our iPhone flashlights or a small battery powered LED puck light – neither of which delivered satisfactory illumination of the pantry contents.

This DIY will explain how you can bathe your entire pantry in bright and uniform LED light whenever you open the door. The build is simple and low cost. There are only a few parts and the lighting is powered by 8 AA batteries that should power your lights for more than 15 hours.

Weekend Warrior Pantry lighting project | Before and After Continue reading »

May 072015
 

Today begins our newest series: Weekend Warrior. It’s part of our quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for DIY projects around the house. This week we’re tackling one of our most innovative new products: The NETBRIGHT™ Wireless Motion Sensor Networked Spotlights. 


Weekend Warrior | Security Lighting Project

The Problem – lack of security lighting for rear of home.
The DIY solution I chose – Mr. Beams Netbright Wireless Spotlights.

I recently moved to a part of North Carolina where many of the homes in the area are vacation homes that are vacant throughout much of the year. Unfortunately, during the off-season months break-ins are common and I thought it would be wise to install security lighting around the perimeter of my home.

Currently, we have a fantastic motion sensor floodlight that gradually increases its light level installed at the front of my home. I have gotten into the habit of making excuses to walk near it just because I think it’s so cool.

Front floodlight image

My front entrance with existing floodlight

The back entrance of my home … not so much… Continue reading »

May 012015
 

The Weekend Warrior is a nod to DIY'ers everywhere.

May is National Home Remodeling Month, which seemed like the perfect time to dig out our tools and get to work on some helpful new lighting How-To’s for our readers.

What is a Weekend Warrior?

You live for the weekends. Not because you can’t wait to catch up on your favorite TV series or play another round of golf. You spend Monday through Friday longing for the two days a week that you can devote to hammering out yet another home improvement project.

About the Weekend Warrior Blog Post Series:

The Weekend Warrior blog post series is a celebration of the DIY’er. It’s part of the Pegasus Lighting quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for Do-It-Yourself projects around the house. Continue reading »

Apr 302015
 

10 reasons mom might want a night light for mother's day

Peanut butter and jelly, baseball and summer, flowers and spring, Mother’s Day and night lights …Wait, what? OK so maybe it’s a stretch, but we think there are at least 10 reasons Mom might want a night light this Mother’s Day:

#1  To see the toy on the stairs that she’s about to trip over.

#2 To be ready for a game of flashlight tag at any moment.

#3 To detect motion when her teenager is trying to sneak out.

#4 To detect motion when her husband is trying to sneak to the fridge.

#5 To avoid sharing the bed with a scared-of-the-dark toddler.

#6 To add to her massive collection of seashell themed decor.

#7 To bring back the days of her disco dancing youth.

#8 To guide her to the restroom in a haze of sleep.

#9 To guide her steps to the car after her child tells her at 11:30pm that a project is due tomorrow.

#10 To navigate a stealthy, army-crawl exit from the nursery after the baby finally falls asleep.

Not convinced? That’s okay, we’ve got a few more ideas up our sleeve that can still make you a hero on Mother’s Day.

Apr 282015
 

According to Gifts.com, flowers are the most popular Mother’s Day gift. I love to get a vibrant colorful bouquet too, until a week or so later when the flowers have wilted and all reminders of my children’s undying devotion (sarcasm) is erased. My favorite flowers have always been the ones that I can enjoy for years.

Somewhere in my attic are a collection of faded and worn construction paper flowers, inscribed with the squiggly Mother’s Day messages of a determined young son just learning his letters. On my fridge, I still have a handprint Mother’s Day magnet from 2003:

handprint flower magnet

A Mother’s Day magnet with my son’s handprint flowers from 2003.

I would wager that in attics and on fridges around the world, many mothers have their own versions of these.

Why do we cherish these things and drag them from house to house over the years? For me it’s because they represent a love that is honest, innocent, and unhindered by the busyness and drama of adolescence and adulthood.

As an adult, there’s not much that you can give Mom to take the place of that tattered paper flower or smudged handprint tulip, but there are ways that you can celebrate your mom with gifts from the heart that bloom long after Mother’s Day has ended. Continue reading »

Apr 222015
 

Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrades may add value to your home, blog title image

You want every penny you spend to add value to your home, so when you’re considering selling how do you decide which upgrades are worth it? According to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), 9 out of 10 people who are looking for a new home are more likely to choose an energy-efficient home. And, they are often willing to pay a little more for it.

The Most Wanted List

Source: NAHB.org, What Home Buyers Really Want

The graphic above represents the top 10 features that are important to home buyers, differentiated by the percentage of people that have to have it (orange), and those that would really like to have it (blue). This study begs the question – How many potential home buyers are marking your house off their list because it lacks some of these features?

It’s clear that energy efficiency is a highly sought after feature. When you’re looking for ways to reduce power use in your home, lighting is a great place to start. Here are some easy and cost-effective ways that you can make your home lighting more energy-efficient, and therefore more attractive to potential buyers.

Update Your Light Fixtures with LEDs

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have revolutionized energy efficiency in the lighting industry. Aside from unscrewing a light bulb, upgrading your incandescent recessed light fixtures with LED retrofits is one of the easiest ways to update your lighting system. If you can change a light bulb, you can DIY this project. We even have a cheat sheet to help you choose the right one. Continue reading »

Apr 162015
 

Chromotherapy, the Healing Powers of Color and Light

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” – Oscar Wilde

Oscar wasn’t the first person to appreciate the power of color. Holistic healers have long heralded the combination of color and light as an effective method of treatment for a variety of mental and physical ailments. Chromotherapy (or Chromatherapy) is the marriage of these two methodologies. Simply put, it’s mood lighting.

You may be familiar with phototherapy or light therapy, a popular method of treatment for seasonal depression, insomnia, fatigue and a host of other maladies. Supporters of light therapy believe that deficiencies in daylight (say during winter months) can muck up our bodies’ natural clock, or circadian rhythm. Artificial light, when presented in measured ‘doses’ targets the deficiencies, leaving you with increased energy, wakefulness, and positive mood.

In addition to light, the psychology of color is thought to play a vital role in mental and physical health. Specific colors on the spectrum target different areas on the mind/body spectrum… Continue reading »

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